Miraj was the night on which it was announced that Hazret-i-Muhammad was raised to the level of Allah, and spoke to It. In the Sura of Esra, the 15th sura, this was written in the Koran. In Sura Al-Najm, the 53rd sura of the Koran, this is explained. Miraj means to ascend, to rise up. It is the opening of the esma of Mu'izz in the human being. As a person gains their dignity, as they serve people beautifully, as they are exalted on the road of Haqq, of truth, of correctness, Allah will allow them as their allotment the Miraj, the ascension. Hazret-i- Muhammad, one night, when he was at the age of 53, was sent a buraq by Gabriel, and mounting this buraq he was taken to the Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, and from there he ascended to the level of Allah. Together with Jibreel, with Gabriel, they made this journey, until they came to sidrat-ul-Muntaha (that means the Last Boundary), and when they came to that spot, Jibreel stopped, and Hazret-i-Rasul Allah went on in. He said to Jibreel, Come too, but he said, I cannot. I have no permission. If I come inside I will burn. I will wait for you here. And the Prophet entered through that door, and had his words with Allah. According to one tradition he took 90,000 words, and everything from the beginning of the world to the Day of Resurrection was shown to him, and he was allowed to know everything. And one of the requirements of Islam, the salat, the namaz, the ritual prayer, was given on that night. Many things were shown on this Miraj, and he asked and learned about everything that was shown. When he came back from Miraj, he explained this to his umma, to his people. Within the 90,000 words that he spoke with Allah, there were three kinds of words. These were spoken without sound, without breath, without hearing. One part of this was opened up to people in an outer way, a zahir way, The second part was given to Ehli Beyt, to the family of the Prophet, and this is called ilmi ledün. And the third part he kept within himslf as a divine mystery. Within this are the zat ul-ilm, the essential knowledge, and that belongs to him. He allowed us to know these. so that when we work with this beauty and goodness, and hold onto the commands of Allah, and follow the paths of the prophets, that Allah will also allow it to be our nasib to have this Miraj as well. Because this is what Hazret-i-Peygamber, the Prophet, said. He said, my Miraj has been given to my umma, to my people, through the namaz. This all happens within one night, and it all passes in one instant, in one moment, in a way that the mind cannot comprehend, with great hikmet, wisdom, in great mystery. They asked about this, when the Prophet came back from Miraj. they asked, Where was he? His wife said that he was sleeping in the bed next to her. He went on Miraj and came back. The place he was lying was still warm, she said, when he came back. So this is how short a time he was physically gone. A person's mind stops here. What is this? What does he go with? What does he come back with? What was Jibreel? What was Muhammad? What was the Miraj? I tell you of this in every sohbet that we have, and I'm saying it again now, that if we follow these paths, that Allah will allow us as our nasib, this greatness. Because Allah is Wahhab; He gives, He bestows. Allah is Karim; He will give it to you through His generosity. Allah is Latif; He gives, and you can gain everything. That looks to our work. However much it is that we work, He will give us the latoof in the same ratio. In Tassawuf, Miraj is to live the beautiful ahlak, and you know we are always speaking of the systems for doing this. That which elevates a person's character, that which gives a person honor, are the systems of ahlak. Then Allah will allow us to have our Miraj. So what's going to happen if we have our Miraj? We 're going to gain the joy of the days in which we live, and we will get also the joy of the days we are going to live, now. And within this beauty and goodness that Allah gives we are going to live in a beautiful way, and we will give beauty and goodness to the people. The testimony of this was seen within Hazret-i- Muhammad. After he came back from Miraj, he spoke of this beauty and goodness. He lived it, and allowed it to be lived. And Allah called him Rahmet ul-alemin, the mercy of the worlds. We have sent you to the worlds as mercy and compassion, He said. This was addressed to him, and through him to the deserving human beings. So we also have to be deserving of this, and try to live these paths. Even if it is a little, even if it is slow, if we get out on this road with beautiful intentions, Allah will allow us to live it. Allah says, To those who will take one step towards Me, I will advance to them in ten steps. What does this mean? For the goodness that you do, He will give you ten beauties, and you will grow very quickly in beauty and goodness. Then you will find your peace and tranquility, and you will give peace and tranquility, huzur, to those around you. It is for this that we have come to this world. The Nur that brings light to this world is people. Allah is the Nur of the heavens and the earth, and people, human beings, are the reflectors of it. So let us know each other's value and live with belief so that we can enter into the attribute of Mu'min, believer, of Allah. And by finding our rahmet, our beneficience, let us also be rahmet ul-alemin, the mercy and compassion of the world. This was the attribute of the Prophet, and this was the present that he gave to us. Let us do our worship, as much as is possible for us; let us not shirk our duties; let not the negativity that is outside enter into our ears. Even if these negative words come into our ears, let us change it into beauty and goodness. And let us speak beautifully to one another, and not carry bad words. To the degree that we can serve beautifully, that is how quickly the doors of the Miraj will open for us. After the Prophet did his Miraj, he unfurled the flag of "a may ul hamid" for people. To the degree that we can give praise, hamd, for Allah has allowed us to come together in such beautiul places, with such beautiful people, then we will also enter under the banner of hamd, of praise, and we will be enlightened with the Nur of all of the prophets. We came as beautiful from Allah. We will go to Allah as beautiful. We have come from Allah, we are going back to Allah. We were seen as one drop, and we have turned into huge oceans. A person might be seen as a small thing, but he is the mystery of all of creation, of all of the universes. So you're carrying a huge world. If we know our own worth, we will gain our character, and exalt. May Allah make us beautiful human beings. This is our one point. When we step on this point of beauty and goodness, then the beauty and goodness of all of our lives will come, and all existence is hidden within there. Even if you suffer difficulties it will be beautiful. If you cry it will be beautiful. Even if you receive punishment it will be beautiful. If you cry it will be beautiful, if you laugh it will be beautiful. If you are poor, it will be beautiful. If you are rich, it will be beautiful. But if it is not goodness and beauty, then everything that comes to you will bring you harm. Look at all of history; all beauty has been lived. How? Always with its opposites. Allah might seem to be giving punishment, but follows it with beauty and goodness. The scenarios of the prophets were always in this way. Look at Yusef, look at Eyyub, at Job, look at Yunus. It is always with opposites that they have found this beauty and goodness. So we have to give praise, hamd, to every state we are in. Be thankful, and always say this: Ya Rabb, make us beautiful human beings, and allow us the nasib to walk on this beautiful path.
Hu, Dost! This is my way of saying thank you for all of the gifts that my teacher, Sherif Baba, has given all of us.
I love the Ahl-ul Beyt, but I am not Shi'a, at least not in the usual sense. I love the Alevi way, but I am a mainstream practicing Muslim (or, at least, trying to be one). I love Mevlana, but I'm not a Mevlevi. I love some teachers who may or may not be very shari'ah adherent, but can open hearts. Several that I love most are practicing Muslims, but not all of their students are. I've even seen one or two Salafis who are dripping with the Nur of Allah. As a Bektashi Baba once said, if we find something useful, we embrace it. I'm a liberal, but practicing Muslim, and I believe that anyone who is showing us Compassion and Mercy is showing us the way of Islam.
May we all become beautiful human beings, insha'Allah! ;)
This is really putting up some things I put together for myself about my shaykh and our path-- a friend suggested that it might be helpful for some other people as well. I thought while I was at it, I might as well add some music links along the way. Because this began for my own personal use, I have no idea where some of these pictures and quotes came from, so I apologize for putting them up without citation. I make no claim that all of this is my own. I'm simply trying to share a beautiful vision of God and humanity that I have learned about from Sherif Baba and also some inspirations from the Alevi/Bektashi tradition of Turkey, with whom Rifa'i Marufi shares many principles. Let me make it clear that I am not myself a Bektashi, though I love their path. My connection is to the Rifa'i. I hope you enjoy this offering and that these things will inspire you as much as they have inspired me.